Rabbit Rabbit

Featured | on August, 01, 2017 | by | 1 Comments

Were those the first words out of your mouth this morning? Did you go so far as to climb over the end of your bed? I thought about it; it’s a new month after all, and a big one for The WordPlayers. Today marks the beginning of our 2017-2018 Season. But I didn’t do anything […]

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If You Believe the World Is Round

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 21, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

Christopher Columbus. Remember when he bought into the crazy idea that the world was round, and took off in a sail boat? I don’t remember it either, but I know it happened. It’s been handed down throughout history, by people who were there. I’m sure a lot of “behind the scenes” work went into that […]

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“Give me a task to do”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 10, 2017 | by | 1 Comments

By Terry Weber In LITTLE WOMEN, the musical, “Give me a task to do” is spoken on several occasions by the character of Jo March. It is a signature mantra for this young woman full of energy, optimism, and talent. When there is much to be done, Jo volunteers for something specific as her responsibility, […]

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Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 04, 2017 | by | 3 Comments

Nothing against Knoxville but, for a minute there, I thought I was in New York. I’m not talking about those Broadway touring companies with a cast of classically trained singers who are going to sing classically even if it has zero connection to their character, and by the time they get to your town they […]

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Little Women revisited

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 19, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

by Melanie Leach “I like good strong words that mean something” – Jo March, Little Women This is the cover of the copy of Little Women I read as a girl. I loved this story and read it multiple times. Imagine my horror when I got it back out as an adult to read it […]

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The Magic in Faith and Doubt

Featured, Touring Wing | on June, 08, 2017 | by | 1 Comments

By Ian Paul Messersmith The “Fantastic Comedy” entitled Magic, by G. K. Chesterton, is a masterful piece of literature in which each character is a clear representation of the societal issues surrounding faith and doubt. A young priest struggling with his beliefs. An aging doctor attempting to examine life through a scientific lens. A young woman […]

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Featured | on June, 05, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

by Ethan Norman I was running through the woods today when I realized what the two most priceless things in the world are: ability and opportunity. I found myself so grateful for the beauty of the earth, which can feel so far away, down in the neighborhood. The opportunity to get out away from man-made […]

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The Power of Playback

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 25, 2017 | by | 2 Comments

By Terry Weber Many of you know that for the last couple of years, The WordPlayers has been training and performing in Playback Theatre. Playback is an improvisational form designed to build empathy and to draw people together by basing its material on stories from individuals present in the room. Collective stories are embodied in […]

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That play is so timely!

Featured, Touring Wing | on February, 16, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

The WordPlayers has been touring a Black History play each February since 2007. These plays are about American History, really, and they are about freedom and justice for all. And every year we hear: “That play is so timely!” It’s kind of sad when we do a play about our past — plays about discrimination […]

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Featured, Touring Wing | on January, 26, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

By Melody Watts A statement of “We need a stage manager” was followed by a request for me to step into this role for the past WordPlayers’ Advent show, West of Bethlehem. Apprehension lurked in my mind. Some of my past experiences as a stage manager were met with much hostility from actors in denial that […]

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